Shoring up Education on Excavation Hazards Safety


Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations with cave-ins posing the greatest risk.

Other excavation related hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment. Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year.

To protect workers from the hazards of trenching and excavations OSHA instituted a series of requirements in 1971 and has updated the standard multiple times since.

Among the requirements are that employers use the proper protective systems, have in place a competent person and train employees on the dangers of excavations.

Here at Safety Services we offer a simple cost effective training solution to help your company meet OSHA’s requirements.

How Training Reduces Accidents

While the blow of a workplace injury is crippling many companies, safety training programs are proven to drastically reduce the risk of injury and increase workplace productivity.

Through independent studies, OSHA has confirmed employers who have in place a safety and health training program experience a 52 percent lower rate of “injury with days away” than employers without a program. [2]

A second study of private industry employers by OSHA found even more benefits to a safety training program.

Company Benefits: [3]

  • Average sales rose 7.5 percent
  • Manufacturing defects and waste dropped from $2.7 million in 2001 to $435,000 in 2005
  • Improved decision-making
  • Emergency modification Rate dropped by 45%

Safety and health also make big reductions in indirect costs, due to: [4]

  • Increased productivity
  • Higher quality products
  • Increased morale
  • Better labor/management relations
  • Reduced turnover
  • Better use of human resources

The value of training is further emphasized by a study of 41 workers hospitalized for hand injuries. Through the survey of these employees conducted by members of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) it was discovered more than half had no on the job training for the equipment that caused their injury.

Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent, according to OSHA.

Studies not only show the impact safety training has in increasing productivity and preventing injury. It shows the value training has to prevent casualties. [4]

A NIOSH study of 55 confined workplace fatalities found that only three of those losing their lives ever received training on the proper workplace safety procedures.

A study of the California insurance industry also revealed that every dollar invested in safety training resulted in $3 or more dollars in savings,”

Safety training is not a cost, it is an investment.

An Easier Compliance Solution

By requesting and reading this report, you are no doubt aware of the hazards associated with excavations and the long list of regulations your company must abide by.

Meeting these regulations is a tedious process requiring you either to develop a training program yourself or to outsource with expensive safety consultants.

There is a better solution.

Here at Safety Services we have developed a “Do-It-Yourself” training program that is both simple to administer and fulfills all your OSHA requirements.

This innovative kit features an Interactive Training Program, Student’s Handbook, Instructor’s Handbook, OSHA Regulations, Student Tests, Training Logs, Fall Protection Checklist, Certificates, Wallet Cards and More.

Topics addressed:

  • OSHA requirements
  • Manuals
  • Safety decals and information
  • PPE
  • Inspections
  • Start-up
  • Operation
  • Hazards
  • Maneuvering
  • Maintenance
  • And much more

Our $449.99 kit is a simple three-step solution that brings all your employees into compliance.

1. Classroom/online training
The first step of our program is an intuitive electronic training session. Through the program, employees navigate an electronic training program at a computer and then take an automatically graded test.

2. Field training
The second part of training is in the field. During this portion of the session, your appointed trainer shows the trainee the infield applications of the materials they learned in the classroom session.

3. Evaluation
The third and final step to the training session is evaluation. Through this step, the trainer evaluates the trainee and either signs off on certification or retouches on topics that need more work. All certification through the program meets or exceeds OSHA requirements.

In addition to meeting training requirements, the kit provides instruction on how to craft your Excavations written policy.

If you are not comfortable writing your own policy we can provide the service for an additional fee.

Have a question or ready to order give us a call at (877) 201-8923.


This publication does not itself alter or determine compliance responsibilities, which are set forth in OSHA standards themselves and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Moreover, because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements, the reader should consult current and administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the Courts.

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